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NHTSA probes Ford's Focus Electric

  • The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating 12 consumer complaints related to the alleged abrupt stalling of Ford's (F) Focus Electric.
  • Some drivers claim the car shut off at speeds in excess of 30 mph.
  • The company is cooperating with the investigation.
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  • Tdot
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    Probably ran out of electrons. Or holes to put them in.
    14 Sep 2013, 07:20 PM Reply Like
  • The Geoffster
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    The capacitors on the Focus can become overheated due to power surges emanating from the battery circuitry override coils. This results in negative energy transfer flow which shuts down the motor.
    14 Sep 2013, 07:35 PM Reply Like
  • Tdot
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    Yes, those Jeffries tube dilithium flux capacitors can be ever so fussy.
    14 Sep 2013, 07:55 PM Reply Like
  • jpmj4847
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    Interstate or retirement communities!! A fancy golf cart, maybe. jpmj4847
    14 Sep 2013, 10:50 PM Reply Like
  • rcpatrick5443
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    There tend to be technical challenges and problems that sometimes entail substantial recalls for virtually all cars, and 12 complaints is a strikingly small sample. Ford appears ahead of its peers, though, in cooperating with the initial inquiry and agreeing to look for and correct the problem(s). I have not yet decided whether to buy F shares, but this report may overly worry investors -- leading to an even better price point for purchasing the stock.
    14 Sep 2013, 11:59 PM Reply Like
  • Tdot
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    Doubtful. Even if in the absolute worst case Ford is forced to buy back ALL of the the Focus Electrics ever produced, about 1400 of them, at full retail price the cost to Ford would be under $60M or 1.5 cents per share. Ford maintains reserve funds and insurance for recalls and warranty matters much much higher than that.

     

    Of course the moodiness of the investors drives the stock prices up and down on a daily basis. A miss on some analysts' earnings estimates of even a penny a share can result in the price dropping 50% overnight as the speculators rush for the exits and crash the gates, trampling on each other and their own wives and grandmothers in the panic to sell out. Such is the crazy world of Wall Street, and it is the risk we all must bear, like it or not.

     

    But on the raw fundamentals of the matter regarding Focus Electric, it is a minor matter. Now if Ford had 20 million Focus Electric cars out there to recall, well that's when it starts to get a little more concerning.

     

    Anyway it is probably just another software glitch, perhaps related to that damnable Microsoft MyFord Touch Screen system fouling up the vehicle werks.
    15 Sep 2013, 08:28 AM Reply Like
  • cbroncos
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    What is really bad is when you have to recall the car again. This just happened with one major manufacturer of cars. Seems that they did not fix the car right with the first recall and Toyota has just recalled the 1.2 million cars again.

     

    So I would not get upset about 12 Focus Electric cars!
    15 Sep 2013, 11:33 AM Reply Like
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